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"One can see the free software movement as a precusor for a "free hardware" or "free wetware" movement--one that will provide free libraries of designs for biological or nanotechnological products that replicators can be programmed to churn out."
- Charles Stross

Grass Carpet  
  An indoor home or office floor covering - living grass.  

Robert Heinlein also used this idea in his 1961 novel Stranger in a Strange Land

The carpet was as green as grass for the simple reason that it was grass - living grass as lush as any putting green.
From The Sirens of Titan, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr..
Published by Dell in 1959
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See the Heinlein living grass carpet example - just two years later.

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